Massachusetts Hang Gliding Association
 
May2017: The State is planning to cut the hemlocks in front of launch. Next phase of approvals is in July. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, the site is open for flying.

Skinner State Park

Hadley, Massachusetts

Rating

HG / PG Intermediate. HG Novice allowed under direct supervision of USHGA Observer, Examiner, or Adv Instructor.

Launch Type

Level to cliff launch in treed slot

Wind Direction

NW  WSW-N possible

Launch MSL / Vertical to LZ

984 ft / 732 ft

Access / Winter

2WD paved road to Hotel area, 500yd walk on ridge trail to launch. Closed early Nov to mid-May. Typical  summer hours are 9am-8pm

Fees

$2 per car on weekends, holidays. Season Pass $15

Driving directions

Take Rt47 south off of Rt. 9 in Hadley

Contacts

State Liaison State Liaison - Mark Droy 413-221-2053

Restrictions

Must sign in each flying day and sign waiver once per calendar year. Forms are in the Lockbox by the side entrance of the Maintenance Barn at the Half-Way Area. Contact a local pilot for the current combination.

Notes

Mt. Holyoke (also called Skinner or Mitch's Mountain) is located on Route 47 in Hadley Massachusetts in Skinner State Park. Very shallow launch in treed slot requires a strong run in light conditions. Tight launch for PG. Very soarable, but cross-country difficult due to multiple airports nearby. Watch for air traffic and don't violate restricted air space. Have your vehicle outside the gate 1/2 hour before closing. Don't buzz Hotel area. 

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